Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformation power and joy of sports, every day around the world.

Using sports as a catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics is still the largest sports organization in the world serving over 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. And sports are still the core of what we do. But, our athletes inspire us to continue to evolve as an organization as they tell us their stories and share their dreams for the future. Today we use sports as a catalyst to help enhance the growth for all people who participate and compete with Special Olympics.

Build Inclusive Schools

Develop Leaders

Strengthen Communities

Promote Self-Sufficiency

Improve Health and Quality of Life

Because of your support, the organization has made a meaningful difference in the life of every athlete who participates. As a recognized best practice for non-profits in Colorado, we ensure that every dollar is spent wisely.

Building Communities and Developing Leaders is primarily happening at a young age when youth are most impacted by socialization. We know our Special Olympics Unified programs are working because it’s in the numbers:

  • 78% of typically developing youth report that their attitudes toward bullying have changed
  • 75% increase in school involvement among those with intellectual disabilities
  • 84% of all students report the program is life-changing

An average athlete visits 50 different physicians with little, if any, results. If these health issues are untreated as minor illnesses they could become life-threatening and thus creating a health crisis of epidemic proportions. Did you know? Special Olympics is the largest health provider for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the world. We have trained more than 120,000 health professionals in 7 disciplines and have conducted over 1.2 million health screenings globally.

Engage for a lifetime

Child Bracket ages 2 and a half to seven.

Child Bracket ages 8 to 21.

Child Bracket ages 22 and up.

July 13 @ 8:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm

Guardian of the Flame Hockey Tournament
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13th Annual Guardian of the Flame Hockey Tournament – Hockey in July! The Guardian of the Flame (GOTF) Hockey Tournament has become one of the most popular hockey tournaments for Law Enforcement and supporters of Law Enforcement around Colorado. Over the last ten years our teams have raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Colorado. Last

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July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chili’s Tip-A-Cop
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Tip a Cop, Help an Athlete! Together with Special Olympics Colorado athletes, Law Enforcement officials wait tables and collect tips at Chili’s Restaurants across Colorado. Your donations, plus a generous donation from Chili’s, will all go to support Special Olympics Colorado athletes! Click here to view a list of participating locations! For more information contact Jan

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July 27

Denver Region Summer Classic Golf
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      Location: Aurora Hills Golf Course – Golf 50 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80012 Sports: Special Olympics Individual Competition Unified Team Competition Individual Skills Competition Schedule: 10:30am Volunteer Registration 11:00am Coach Registration 12:00pm-6:00pm Competition All Day Awards

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July 27 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Denver Summer Classic (Softball and Bocce)
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Denver Summer Classic (Softball and Bocce) Clement Park Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 Location: Robert F. Clement Park – Softball & Bocce 7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123 Sports: Softball Individual Skills Competition Softball Unified Team Competition Softball Traditional Team Competition Bocce Unified Doubles Competition Bocce Traditional Doubles Competition Schedule: 7:30am Volunteer Registration 8:00am

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July 27 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Denver Region Summer Classic – Tennis
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Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 Location: Colorado Athletic Club – Inverness – Tennis 374 Inverness Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80112 Sports: Tennis Skills Competition Tennis Individual Competition Tennis Doubles Competition Tennis Unified Doubles Competition Schedule: 7:00am Volunteer Registration 7:15am Coach Registration 7:45am Opening Ceremonies 8:00am-4:00pm Competition All Day Awards

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August 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plane Pull presented by SUBWAY
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Join us at our Annual Plane Pull event presented by Subway! Teams of up to 25 test their strength by pulling an airplane while raising money for 25,000+ athletes with intellectual disabilities!  

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Get Involved

  • Volunteer

    Volunteer opportunities are plentiful from coaching to committees to event management and many other specialized roles.

  • Coach

    Coaching is a great avenue for those who love sports and want to work closely with our athletes.

  • Donate

    We do not charge our athletes or their families to participate and compete throughout the year, therefore financial support helps us ensure that we can continue to provide uniforms, medals, officiating, practice and competition facilities, and invaluable coaching and volunteer training for our rapidly growing base of athletes. Donate Today!

  • Compete

    We offer 22 sports for athletes stating at 8 years old and athletes may compete throughout a lifetime. Many of our 25,000+ athletes compete in 3-4 sports throughout the year. We also offer sports skills development programs for aspiring athletes starting at 2 years old.

Check out this video created by students at Graland Day School!

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